Tax Day Freebies

2021 Tax Day Freebies and Deals

The 2021 Tax Day freebies post should start coming together in late March! Check back then to find all the deals and freebies.

Ahh, glorious Income Tax Day is upon us with but a single day to spare. I've still yet to finish mine. I've only entered in my name and address on my Turbo Tax account, but the status bar still reads as 0% complete. That's not too encouraging if you ask me. I might just end up filing for an extension this morning. Hooray Democracy! At least I'm a few steps ahead of Homer Simpson.

While I toil away at figuring out which of my plants count as dependents (hey, they couldn't live without me!), enjoy this list of 2021 Tax Day freebies and deals! I should note, you may see other frugal sites reporting additional freebies, but I didn't include those. Everything below are offers with hard evidence for them online.

Unless otherwise noted, these freebies are available on Thursday, April 15, 2021 only.

2020 Tax Day Freebies

File Your Taxes – Before we get to the fun stuff, you've filed your taxes, right?! If you haven't, you can file your free federal tax return in minutes with Turbo Tax or H&R Block. I'd start with getting that done before scoring any freebies from below πŸ˜€

California Tortilla – Say the password “Chipping In” to get free chips and queso with any purchase. (locations)

Great American Cookies – One of the longest running Tax Day freebies, for it's sixth year in a row, is my favorite! Snag a free Cookies & Cream cookie for a jolt of sugar down the homestretch! (locations)

Hardee'sFree sausage biscuit, no purchase necessary, 7-10 am. (locations)

Hot Dog on a Stick – You get a free Original Turkey or Veggie Dog on a stick. (locations)

Free Kona Shaved Ice Tax Day

Kona Ice – They'll be giving away free shaved ice again. Last year, in order to find a participating location, you had to tweet your zip code @konaice and they'd let you know the closest truck. You can still do that, or you can use their new Find A Kona.

Planet Fitness – This 10th annual free HydroMassage might actually be the longest running Tax Day Freebies on this list! Offer is valid April 17 – 22.

Tony Roma's – Your Tax Relief is free kickin' shrimp. Your Next Day Relief is not getting food poisoning! (locations)

Previous Tax Day Deals

Boston Market – If you dine-in, you can purchase a $10.40 that includes a Half Chicken Individual Meal with 2 sides, cornbread, PLUS a regular fountain beverage. (locations)

Bruegger's Bagels – $10.40 gets you a Big Bagel Bundle, which is 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese. Offer available now through April 17, 2018. You can print the coupon on their site. (locations)

Captain D's – Taxes never tasted this good! Get 6 pieces of Batter Dipped Fish, 1 family side, and 6 Hush Puppies for $10.40. (locations)

Chuck E. Cheese's – For every large pizza purchased, guests will get one large cheese pizza free. Offer valid from April 17 – 19, 2018. (locations)

Cici's – $4.17 Adult Buffet with the coupon from their Facebook page. (locations)

Entertainment.com Coupon Book – Their 2018 Coupon Books are on sale for $10.40 with free shipping, their best price of the year! Offer valid through April 18, 2018.

Firehouse Subs – Free medium sub when you buy a full-priced medium or large sub, chips and drink. Offer valid April 17-19, 2018. (locations)

Grimaldi's Pizzeria – Their Tax Day Promo (what an original name!) is back. Guests can enjoy a 16″ traditional cheese pizza for only $10.40. (locations)

Hungry Howie's – Use promo TAXDAY18 to score a medium 1-topping pizza for $0.15 when you buy a large 1-topping pizza at regular menu price. You must order online and is for carry-out only. (locations)

Noodles & Company – If you order online, use code TAXDAY18 and receive $4 off any $10 or more purchase. (locations)

Office Depot & OfficeMax – 5 free pounds of document shredding. Whoa, are you Trump's new attorney?! Offer valid through April 28, 2018. (locations)

PF Changs Tax Day Special

P.F. Chang's – They're not only giving 15% off takeout via code TAXDAY, but it also has the following opening: “You win some, you lose some, but you can always get dim sum.”

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This promo code can be used online or referenced when ordering by phone!

Schlotzsky's – Score a free small Original sandwich with the purchase of chips and a medium drink. (locations)

Sonic – Half price cheeseburgers all day long. This is advertising as a cheeseburger offer, but the fine print makes it sound even better. And I quote, “Offer Includes Quarter Pound Double Cheeseburger + Medium Tots or Classic SONIC Signature Slinger + Medium Tots.”

Soooo….free tots, right? (locations)

Sonny's BBQ – Enjoy a half-price rib dinner. Pick from either Sweet & Smokey or House Dry-Rubbed Ribs plus two sides and bread. (locations)

As always, if you know about a freebie I missed, please share it with me and other Hiffers alike in the comments!


Free Christmas Seals

Free Christmas Seals

Since 2011, these free Christmas seals have been a yearly staple and I've always wondered why the year was printed with them. The past six iterations of this freebie pointlessly included a year, but it looks like the American Lung Association finally got the memo in 2017. By taking the year off, they don't have to reprint new ones every year!

I can finally order these, forget about them in my desk for a solid decade, and still end up using them when I rediscover them. Unless Christmas has changed from Dec. 25 by then. Who knows, stranger things have happened.

That's Goob helping make the big changes for ya, folks.


Holiday gift ideas for men, dads, and guys

2021 Holiday Gift Ideas for Guys

Chances are HIF isn't the only freebie site you traffic. One obvious difference you've probably noticed is that I hardly ever publish deals. I don't even think I mentioned Black Friday or Cyber Monday this year and I've never been big on posting HOT coupons or SUPER deals because…ugh. That's just not my cup of tea.

Part of the reason I avoid coupons and deals so much is because I don't want to publish 10 or 20 posts a day. Another reason is I don't shop that much! I rarely know if something is a great deal, so I don't like pretending to be an authority on something I'm not. And finally most deal blogs cover (A) female stuff (B) children stuff and (C) coupons. I'm not a woman, I don't have kids, and here's my dirty secret – I suck at couponing. I just don't do it. Like, at all.

It makes sense that so many sites cover those topics though. Most of you reading this are female and most people running deal blogs are as well. But here's the thing. I'm a dude. Without kids. And that's something I'm an authority at.

A common refrain from the women in my life is that guys are hard to buy gifts for. Particularly me. I find that crazy, because I'm incredibly thankful and appreciative for anything given to me. But I'm always told I'm hard to shop for because I like everything and I imagine that most guys in their twenties are the same way.

So I decided to put together a list of my favorite things just in case you too are having trouble buying gifts for the guys in your life.

These aren't deals. Chances are everything is selling for what it normally does, though I did try to provide coupons and matchups where I could find them. More to the point is that every single item below are things that I use in my daily life and absolutely love. They were either given to me or I stumbled across them by accident at some point. They're things that I would give my own brothers and as such have earned the Goob Stamp of Approval.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Guys

Whiskey Rocks – It's no secret that a splash of water brings out the flavor in good whiskey, but one thing I hate is when the ice melts and waters it down. Enter whiskey rocks. You store them in the freezer, throw them in your drink, and you suddenly have a cool but not watered down beverage.

Moleskine Notepad Gift Idea

Moleskine – These are hands down the best affordable notebooks I've come across. As I've mentioned before, I carry a pocket-sized, ruled, softcover notebook with me everywhere I go. They have a hardcover line as well, but their basic ruled notepads are the ones I'm in love with. When you have a memory like mine, this is how you make sure never to forget.

Uniball Jetstream Pens

uni-ball Jetstream pens – Some of you may remember these pens from a few years back when they were given away as freebies. Well that's when I got hooked – they're fantastic. Though you can probably get them cheaper at your local store. Maybe not. To be honest, I buy them in bulk, but I doubt you'll want to pay $20 for a box of 12 pens.

Tide To Go Stain Pen

Tide To Go – I'm a klutz and I hate doing laundry. Need I say more? I keep one of these in my messenger bag at all times and I can't count the number of stains they've saved me from.

Baseball

Baseball – This is one of those things that you need to buy in a store. But having a real baseball next to my computer is such a stress reliever. I can't tell you the number of times I pick it up throughout the day and walk around my apartment tossing it to myself just to think or clear my head.

Big Present Ideas for Guys

Yankee Candle for Guys

Yankee Candle – I don't care what any guy says, having a nice candle around is a good thing that we all enjoy. Whether we're entertaining a lady friend or trying to clear the air after a night of Mexican food. I personally like the Drift Away scent or many of the other wood/water related scents. Try to stay away from any food smells. Those always make me unnecessarily hungry. You get the best bang for your buck with the larger candles since they burn for over 120 hours.

SwissGear Computer Backpack

SwissGear Computer Backpack – This backpack can take a beating while protecting your laptop. It's padded, it's got decent storage space, tons of little loops and belts if you need them, and what I use when travel. I also have a SwissGear laptop bag, which kind of looks like a messenger bag, but I got that in a Beijing market. Even SwissGear knockoffs hold up well!

Amazon Kindle Keyboard

Kindle eReader – I read voraciously as a child and then fell out of it for a while starting in high school. A few years back I had the opportunity to get a Kindle and my world changed. I've read more in the past three years than I had the previously decade. The one pictured above is the older model, which I prefer, however the newer model is cheaper. I actually had my original Kindle stolen this autumn, so I picked up a newer Kindle Paperwhite, which has built-in lighting. My only gripe is there's no buttons on it, so in order to turn the page you have to manually tap the screen and it's not that responsive.

Asics Onitsuka Tiger 81 Shoes

Asics Onitsuka Tiger 81 Shoes – I never in a million years thought I'd rave about shoes, but these are the bees knees. They're extremely lightweight and supposedly made 30 years ago for running, though the only running I do is to the subway station a block away. Zappos has them on sale plus they have a million color combos and free returns. I do want to note that they breathe so well that you don't want to wear them in rain as they get soaked pretty quick.

Lands End No Iron Pinpoint Shirts

Lands' End No Iron Pinpoint shirts – And finally we have dress shirts, yet another product that I never thought I'd care about. It's no secret that I can work in nothing but my underwear every day and the only person to find out is the mailman. However I like to actually get dressed every morning just so it feels like I'm going to work and I don't slack off. And Lands' End shirts are the best. You can pair them with slacks and throw a tie on or wear them out at night with jeans. Plus the no-iron ones never require ironing (just hang them in a steamy bathroom if they get wrinkled) and they never stain thanks to those Tide pens above.

So there ya go. All of the stuff listed above can be found in my apartment and I stand by them as good gifts. Hope that helps a few people this holiday season.


Free MLK Day Promotional Items

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year. It's not a holiday that traditionally is associated with freebies. However, to spread the word, the government is giving away free MLK Day promotional items every year. I still have my door hangers from 2011!

  • MLK Day Posters
  • MLK Day Fact Sheet
  • bookmarks
  • stickers
  • door hangers

While at the beach last summer, I could have their free MLK bookmark. After finishing a chapter, I wanted to go take a dip in the ocean but didn't have a bookmark. I started to dog ear the page, but then came up the ingenious plan to make a bookmark! I grabbed a handful of sand, mashed it together tightly, and stuck it in the book.

Yeah, that didn't work.


Mother’s Day Freebies

Unless otherwise noted, all of the freebies below are available on Sunday, May 10 (Mother's Day!). As always, be sure to call ahead to your local store to make sure they're participating in the freebies.

And of course, if you know of any that I missed, please leave a comment!

Bob Evans – Print out this coupon and get a free slice of pie after 4pm.

Champps – Moms get a free entree with the purchase of an equally valued entree.

El Pollo Loco – In a fabulous PR move, they are offering to honor the KFC coupon that many of us printed but were unable to use thanks to KFC not being prepared to meet the demand. Here's to El Pollo Loco stepping in to fill the free chicken void in our lives.

Ikea – Moms can get a free small breakfast and coffee. No word on whether or not you can eat it while lounging on some of the furniture.

Kodak – First off, shipping is not included in this offer, but if you use the code FREECARD, you can get a free custom photo card worth up to $2.49.

Michael's Kids' Workshop On Saturday, there's a Make it for Mom Bead Event (pretty self-explanatory) while on Sunday, they have a Decorate a Cookie with Mom event. Both are from 1-4pm. (thanks Scoring Deals!)

Outback Steakhouse – Bring “mum” in and she can get a free $10 gift certificate good for her next visit.

Smokey Bones – Moms get a free meal (up to $20) with the purchase of an equally valued meal.

TCBY – They're offering a free cup or cone of yogurt to all moms!

T.G.I. Friday's – With the purchase of an entree, mom's get a free mom-sized (what the heck is that?) Brownie Obsession or Spiced Up Cupcake.

Texas de Brazil (warning: their website auto-plays some amazing eurodance techno music. Do not go there if you are prone to outbursts of dancing and/or raving) – Here's a coupon good for up to two free entrees with the purchase of two regular sized dinners.

Texas Land & Cattle – Mom's can get a coupon good for one free entree (up to $15), which can be redeemed during their next visit.


Inauguration Day Freebies

Following up on their successful Election Day giveaway, you can get one free Krispy Kreme donut just by stopping in at your local store tomorrow (Tuesday, January 20, 2009). I say they keep up with the pace they've now set and give away free donuts once every two months. I'm pretty sure that was one of Obama's campaign promises or something.


Free Letters From Santa

Even while he's busy making enough toys to give away this year, Santa somehow finds time in his day to write individual letters to every little girl and boy who write him. As a kid, I never knew what his address was, but now that I've come across it, I thought I'd share it with all you kiddos out there! So be sure and write Santa early this year so that he can write you back before Christmas!

Santa's Mailbag
354th OSS/OSW
2827 Flightline Ave. Suite 100B
Eielson AFB AK 99702-1520